PaySAFE founder and CEO, Matt Medlock, was awarded the New Company Entrepreneur Award on April 7th by the Center for Entrepreneurship in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Business Administration. The award ceremony took place during the college’s EntrepreneuringDays@UNL held April 7-9 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Neb. This public event featured student competitions and celebrates entrepreneurship exhibited from across the state.
The UNL Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards Dinner, 6:15 p.m. April 8 at Embassy Suites, will honor three entrepreneurs, including Medlock, for their innovation, success and entrepreneurial spirit.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for the work we’re doing at PaySAFE,” said Medlock. “There are dozens of worthy start-ups in Nebraska who are all working hard to accomplish great things, so to have our efforts at PaySAFE highlighted is truly awesome.”
The major awards include presented at this year’s event include:
Nebraska Distinguished Entrepreneur Award — This award is presented to the founder of a successful company that demonstrates continued innovation. This year’s award is given in memory of W. Patrick Clarke, the co-founder and former co-chairman of NorthStar Financial Services. NorthStar is the umbrella organization that owns Orion Advisor Services LLC, CLS Investments LLC and Gemini Fund Services LLC. The three companies Clarke managed had a combined $120 billion in assets. His son Brett Clarke, vice president of branding and hypermedia, will accept the award in his father’s honor.
New Company Entrepreneur Award — Presented to those who have had success in the early years of their business, these role models present learning opportunities that help young entrepreneurs. This year’s recipient is Matt Medlock, CEO and founder of PaySAFE, an online closing table providing buyers and sellers a one-stop location to create, negotiate and close trades with financial protection. A former vice president at First National Bank with more than 20 years of banking experience, Medlock built PaySAFE from no customers or transactions at the start of 2012 to having registered users in 32 states and 31 countries.
Start-up Executive Award — This award was established for a start-up person who made a positive difference to at least one growth company. Bill Hipsher, co-founder of B2 Interactive, a full-service digital marketing agency in Omaha, will receive this award. He has more than 15 years of experience in web design and digital marketing after a brief stint in real estate. Hipsher founded B2 Interactive with Brandon Taylor in 2012. He leads the digital marketing group.